Tour by Tor
DARTMOOR for WALKERS
North Hessary Tor Walk - Dartmoor
This walk incorporates: Stone Rows, North Hessary Tor, Hollow Tor, Rundlestone Tor
Walk Introduction - (sketch map)
This walk involves visiting three Tors. The walk runs parallel with the B3357 and picks up some fascinating stone rows and walks through history with every step. There are ancient cairns, stone and hut circles, disused (opencast) tin workings and quarrying and to top it all a modern television mast. The walk is easy to find and follow with obvious land-marks, particularly the television mast at the top of North Hessary Tor.The car park on the B3357 (OS ref 553 750) is only a short walk South East to the stone rows (OS ref 554 747) at the top of the grassy hill. From the Stone Rows the traverse to the ascent to North Hessary Tor is mapped out east upstream along the stream/leat that takes you safely to the head of the disused tin mining's and Eastwards again to Hollow Tor (OS ref 571 746). From Hollow Tor the last part of the ascent to North Hessary Tor (OS ref 578 742) and TV mast is quite a simple stroll. Heading down Northwards from North Hessary Tor you can pick up Rundlestone Tor (OS ref 576 746) and then follow your path back Westward toward the Stone Rows and car park.
Weather: A cold North Westerly drove across dartmoor. Temp. 4-5 deg. there is not too much shelter on this walk and so frequent warming stops were required. Snow was still on the ground which had survived from the wind in small drifts in deep hollows. Route: The route is obvious by its most obvious start at the stone rows, to to tall mast, whilst following the stream made it enjoyable for the younger guy. Noticeable event: The small snow drifts, 6-12 inches deep in places (05-03-05). Group: 1 adults and 2 children under 10. Distance: 5 km Walk time: 2hr+
North Hessary Tor